MDEQ Partnership

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) administers programs that involve the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties to achieve a healthier, cleaner, and more productive environment for Michigan's citizens. The MDEQ offers grants and loans for environmental assessments and cleanups at properties with known or suspected contamination to local governments and Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities. Funds are targeted to projects that promote economic development and the reuse of Brownfield properties.

MDEQ & GTCBRA Partnership
The MDEQ assists Grand Traverse County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (GTCBRA) with our efforts to:
  • Revitalize abandoned industrial properties
  • Attract developers to Brownfields
  • Leverage capital for Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) projects with loans
  • Avoid urban sprawl by reusing properties with existing infrastructure
The MDEQ assists these efforts by enabling grants and loans to conduct:
  • Environmental evaluations and assessments
  • Interim response activities
  • Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) preparation
  • Due care planning and implementation
  • Remedial actions necessary under Part 201, Environmental Remediation of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (NREPA) and for redevelopment
  • Demolition
The MDEQ also plays a vital role in reviewing GTCBRA Brownfield and work plans for state participation in tax increment financing capture.

The MDEQ is a valued partner of the GTCBRA, and their efforts to assist in projects like the Village at Grand Traverse Commons have been pivotal in achieving success.